Fronted by pianist and songwriter Charlie Pierce, whose deep riveting voice and dark narrative songs have drawn comparisons to Johnny Cash, Nick Cave, and Tom Waits and a piano pedigree that includes study with internationally renowned Chicago legends Chris Foreman of the Deep Blue Organ Trio (a protégé of Jimmy Smith) and Erwin Helfer (who played with Muddy Waters and performed regularly at Preservation Hall), Choctaw Wildfire represents the culmination of a lifetime of Charlie’s dedication to his musical craft.
Jeffrey came from a family of musical farmers in northwest Ohio. He had learned the piano, clarinet, harmonica. guitar, flute, and saxophone by his late teens. He studied Music Theory and Composition at UT Austin, but was almost seduced away by the Anthropology department. He played with Jimmy Vaughn and the Storm, Marcia Ball, The Cobras, and many others while in Austin (1972 - 1983.) After that he satisfied his ethnomusicological bent by playing world music with Brave Combo for 31 years, during which time he won two Grammies and was (briefly) animated on "The Simpsons."
Austin is a town full of legendary players, so you never know who will grace the stage. Whether they play pedal steel, tuba, clarinet, sax, or guitar…..the bottom line is they will be an amazing musician and bring something new and wonderful to a Choctaw Wildfire show.
Charlie Pierce & Company